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Reports from the Field

We enter a lot of events. Chances are, if an event is run down in our corner of the world, we’ve done it at least once. So, if you’re thinking about doing an event, look it up here and get the inside track!

If you’re curious about an event and don’t see it in our list, feel free to drop us a line and suggest it!

To make things a bit easier, we’ve split the event lists up:

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1 April 2016

TriHards Podium in Belanglo!

Adventure races, and in particular sprint-level adventure races seem to be becoming few and far between on the racing calendar. The TriHards, who used to race four in a season, now do but one a year. Fortunately, that single race is the Mountain Designs Adventure Race, run by In2Adventure - a race of such quality to suffice the TriHards for a year. And the In2Adventure team, cunning operators as they are, have also thought of a way to extend the racing field: dropping teams of three down to pairs.

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Junkies Ahoy!

31 May 2014

31 May 2014

Junkies Ahoy!

Well, it’s official. I’m a junkie. More to the point, I’m an Adventure Junkie, and with virtually all adventure race organisers pulling out of the ACT, I had to take the unfortunate measures of travelling to Sydney for my fix, provided by the team at Adventure Junkie. But there were benefits to this: I did get to finally visit Engine in his natural habitat, and it felt good being the one to travel to an event with him, rather than the other way around. And I got to pay a heap of tolls to get there, which would undoubtedly assist the NSW Government to work towards creating better cycling infrastructure. So a win-win really.

...Read all about it ...
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6 April, 2011

The TriHards go International!

The TriHards have been travelling to the Newcastle area to compete in the Paddy Pallin series for a few years now, so have gained a great deal of experience booking into accommodation and become familiar with the surrounds. Indeed, Father Brendan has moved up on a permanent basis to fulfil the role of TriHards Central Coast High Commissioner. Needless to say, with all this practice and familiarity with the area, the accommodation and logistics went off like clockwork, even considering the ever-expanding TriHards teams!

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A TriHards Record is broken!

16 February 2011

16 February 2011

A TriHards Record is broken!

Hundreds of competitors stood around unaware as history was made last weekend at the third race in the 2010-11 AROC Paddy Pallin series. At approximately 2:00 on Saturday, 12 February 2011, the long-held aspirations of the Area51 (aka Sydney) TriHards were realised. Months, if not years, of preparation, training and persistence had finally paid off; they had finally beaten the Canberra TriHards in an AROC Paddy Pallin event. Subsequently shouts of jubilation could be heard from as far away as New Zealand, where McFly’s relatives put down their sheep and picked up their beers to toast their favourite son’s victory.

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Adventures in Washing!

13 February 2010

13 February 2010

Adventures in Washing!

Success! Victory! Remember this day, dear readers, for 13 February, 2010 marks the day the TriHards achieved another fantastic goal in their adventure racing career. No, no, don’t look at the results, they are just numbers! Numbers are things for bureaucrats and accountants, not the stuff of hardy racing types (unless, of course, they’re measurements of distance and speed!) No, on this day, the TriHards were truly challenged; and they met that challenge!

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The TweeHards Rainy Day Out!

Canberra AROC, 13 February 2010

Canberra AROC, 13 February 2010

The TweeHards Rainy Day Out!

So after an early start of weet-bix and coffee, the junior TriHards, officially known as the TweeHards sallied forth into the first real rain Canberra has had since Christmas. Why the TweeHards I hear you ask? Well The Cap’n is an experienced TriHard and the girls (The Pinkinator and Lu) are ever so cute, dainty and/or delicate, so it just sort of made sense.

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23 March 2010

TriHards Take a Tour of Port Stephens

An often-overlooked aspect of Adventure Racing is the opportunity it provides competitors to see and experience new locations. And the ultimate race in the AROC Paddy Pallin series for 2009-10 was no different. The team at AROC had headed out to Port Stephens, found some of the most spectacular views and experiences, and then formulated a course that took much of them in!

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Doc Runaway Bares Her Soles!

13 March 2010; A report by Doc Runaway

13 March 2010; A report by Doc Runaway

Doc Runaway Bares Her Soles!

My story starts at the Adventure Megastore in Kent St, Sydney. I had just, with some trepidation, bought my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers, a pair of ‘sprints’ in Lilac and was about to embark on my own barefoot career! Five Fingers were the idea of industrial designer Robert Fliri, and made commercially by Vibram, being named one of Time Magazine’s best investions for 2007. The company promotes them as a new way to stimulate and exercise the delicate balance of bones and muscles of the foot, improving mainly proprioception, but also balance and agility.

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21 October 2010

Wind, Ringins and Shocks in Shellharbour!

Two years ago, the TriHards commenced the Paddy Pallin series with a single team. Last year they started with two teams: the Canberra TriHards and the Area51 (Sydney) TriHards. This year, we fielded three teams! If we keep going like this, in approximately 197 years, the race wll consist of only TriHards teams! That makes our aspirational goal of podium placement completely possible!

...Read all about it ...
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17 October 2009

Adventures in the Wilds of Wyong!

The first race in the AROC Paddy Pallin series, held in Wyong included a rollercoaster ride through the mountains, and provided an emotional rollercoaster ride for the TriHards! For the ever-adventurous TriHards, the race was marred by tragedy and loss, though they pushed through with determination, high spirits and had a most excellent time.

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30 November 2010

An Anthropological Study of the Adventure Racer!

Early in the morning of Saturday, 27 November 2011, highly qualified and skilled people from a reputable sporting manufacturer were ably led by another highly qualified and skilled team of adventure race organisers to the green fields of Glebe Park. Their mission was to tag and release some adventure racers such that they may study their migration patterns and social behaviours. And they were in luck, for they spied a troupe of TriHards exiting the coffee house and roaming the velte. Tagging them was easy; shiny new sporting equipment was set up as bait, and in no time at all a few of the TriHards were lured in, tagged and released back into the world.

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30 November 2009

TriHards Paddy Pallin 09-10 Series: Episode Two

Now that the team from AROC have conquered the world of adventure racing, and put together a number of tremendous events, combined with the introduction of their newest member, Archie, it would seem they wish to expand their horizons end embark on new ventures to create a vast, AROC empire for young Archie to inherit. They’re moving beyond merely adventure racing and into the realms of adventure landscaping. And the canny business minds at AROC have thought of a truly cunning way of not only saving costs, but making money whilst they do so! They get the racers to do the work. More importantly, they get an ever-growing number of teams of racers to pay to do the work!

...Read all about it ...
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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2008-2009

The 2008-09 season saw the TriHards acheiving many of their goals: they fielded teams for all four events in the series and they completed every race in the series - they even completed the advanced leg in one race! This year also marked the germination of the Sydney team.

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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2009-2010

The 2009-10 season saw the TriHards field two teams for all of the races, and the introduction of the TweeHards! The season started with staggering lows, as McFly damaged ligaments in his ankle up in Wyong, and climbed to fantastic heights as the reinvigorated (assisted by their Vibrams) Sydney team thought they finally defeated the Canberra TriHards in Nelson Bay!

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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2010-2011

This season has seen the TriHards off to an excellent start, fielding three teams in the first race in Shellharbour, with one of them arriving at the finish line just four and a half minutes away from a podium placing!

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ARea51 TriHards Get an Engine!

A Report by McFly

A Report by McFly

ARea51 TriHards Get an Engine!

This is the third season that Doc Runaway and myself (McFly) have raced as the Sydney TriHards, upon until now we haven’t had a stable third member of the team however this year sees us finally gain a proper member in Darren aka “Engine” who will be with us hopefully for good, meaning we can challenge for an overall placing in the season-long mixed category. There are high hopes of us doing quite well over the coming races as all three of us have been in fitness training during the off season and Engine happens to be excellent at navigating which counts for a lot in these races. It was also our first race with our new sponsor, Area51. This race would prove interesting to see how we stacked against the other two TriHard teams and our overall team placing.

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16 February 2008

TriHards qualify for Advanced Leg!

It is a little known fact that following achieving their goals of completing a classic course within the cut-off time in both the Sydney and Canberra AROC events, the TriHards began to dare another goal: to qualify for the Advanced Leg of the classic course. The TriHards, not being completely insane, would say, “Thanks, but we’ll get a steak sandwich while there’s some left!” and move on, but it would be nice to qualify. And, on Valentine’s Day, 2009, their wish came true: they qualified for the advanced leg of the classic course! Actually, all teams qualified for the advanced leg, due to the closure of Lake Ginninderra. But the ever-optimistic TriHards don’t permit trivialities get in the way of their boasting.

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Bas’s Backyard Blitz!

30 November 2008

30 November 2008

Bas’s Backyard Blitz!

The mighty TriHards put on an excellent performance in Bas’s Backyard to achieve their best result to date in an AROC adventure race, finishing the race over an hour before the cut off, achieving a number of firsts along the way!

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The Canberra TriHards get Value for Money

A Report by the Canberra TriHards

A Report by the Canberra TriHards

The Canberra TriHards get Value for Money

Sheer numbers this time required the creation of three TriHards teams. Exciting times.

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Dark Times at Black Mountain

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

Dark Times at Black Mountain

Of course there’s a prologue; races and racers don’t just come into existence; there’s a history, a back story, that must be born in mind when considering the trials and tribulations of the TriHards in the iAdventure Canberra adventure race.

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Googong Gambol

25 October 2012

25 October 2012

Googong Gambol

Following his humiliation at the start of the iAdventure Race in Canberra on 18 Feburary, and in anticipation of the following event in October, the Cyborg began a strict training regimen. Every day he would rise at 5:30, down a raw egg and listen to Eye of the Tiger then sit down for a long, hard Sudoku session. He spent almost eight months in this fashion, dedicated every spare moment to mastering the art of Sudoku. Every spare moment searching for patterns, putting numbers in boxes, in preparation for the rematch: iAdventure Canberra ii: The Googong Challenge. So, you can imagine his disappointment when, upon opening the race pack and reading the course description, there was no mention whatsoever of Sudoku. This probably was for the best, because despite all the practice, he was still really bad at Sudoku.

...Read all about it ...
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TriHards Score Seconds!

27 February, 2013

27 February, 2013

TriHards Score Seconds!

The TriHards continued their domination of the bottom-third of the field at iAdventure’s adventure race at Murray’s Corner. Even more importantly-they got seconds. No, you read that right: seconds. Having hung around the presentation area long enough, and with enough leftover Subway six-inchers (reportedly measured by the travel on the Cyborg’s shocks) the TriHards managed to snaggle an extra sub each!

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27 November 2013

Double the TriHards, Double the Fun!

The TriHards fielded two teams for the final iAdventure race of the year with Engine and Groucho forming their own team of Lycra Louts to go up against the much more casual, baggy pants-wearing team of Mr GPS and the Cyborg. This grouping suited everyone very well: the in-form Engine, with his superior fitness and navigation skills would be ably supported by “I don’t run” Groucho, an efficient rider with very good endurance - both being quite competitive and keen to test their limits and endurance.

...Read all about it ...
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Tales from the Other Side

6 October, 2013

6 October, 2013

Tales from the Other Side

Now, the TriHards are not normally known for idle gossip, but scuttlebutt has it that there may have been a reason behind Cyborg’s accident at the Back Yamma Bigfoot. After all, there was no decent explanation as to how the Cyborg could so crash so thoroughly on such a clean section of fast, flowing track- and crashing so fast, and so hard that, amongst other injuries, he managed to crack a rib, resulting in racing incapacitation.

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TriHards Race in Brendan's Backyard!

In the early days of 2008, the boys of the TriHards team gathered for their regular Wednesday afternoon around Lake Burley Griffin and began the following conversation (meaning, of course, that they weren’t running fast enough!)

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20 April 2009

Mud, Maps & Mountains at Murray’s!

The email sent out to participants before the Lake Macquarie event stated:

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Tales from the Dark Side

14 October 2012

14 October 2012

Tales from the Dark Side

Sooner or later it had to happen. It was inevitable when you think about it; I really should have seen it coming; I’ve been slipping for a while, and now I find myself on the dark side. Well, maybe not completely, maybe I’m just kind of tan, rather than dark per se. And probably more your terrible, orange fake-tan, then the dark-walnut brown tan at that. Naturally, I have a myriad of excuses, all sorts of justifications for my behaviour: it’s for a good cause; Junior’s doing hundreds of kilometres in the sweltering heat and mountains in the Tour De Timor - the least I could do is a few laps of Lake Burley Griffin for a good cause; it’s just faster... But hidden deep, deep down, I think at some level, I just enjoy it.

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18 October 2014

TriHards in the Top 10 Again!

Like TriHards, the name Mountain Designs is synonymous with Adventure. Known for selling excellent gear to get to you places you’d rather be, they don’t just lend their name to any race. And the team at In2Adventure are just the right people to come up with a race worthy of the Mountain Designs name. With an In2Adventure event, even entering is a race!

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TriHards in the Top 10!

27 August 2013

27 August 2013

TriHards in the Top 10!

Mountain Designs are synonymous with “serious” adventure races, such as the GeoQuest, or the Dark Side - races measured in days, not hours. So, when it was announced a Mountain Designs adventure race was coming to Canberra, and in a sprint format, the TriHards leapt at the opportunity. And, as Canberrans, they felt obliged to enter the Hardcore level of the event...

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Travails in Tuggeranong

3 August 2008

3 August 2008

Travails in Tuggeranong

Early in 2008, the hard men of the TriHards took the view that it would be appropriate to get some more navigation experience under their belts prior to the 2008-9 AROC season. Consequently, we joined the ACT Rogaining Association with the view to participating in some regaining events, thinking they would make excellent practice. The August event was scheduled to be a short (five hour) rogaine, which the team foolishly thought would be well within their limited abilities, totally undeterred by the fact that we had not completed a five hour AROC race, where we have the luxury of changing disciplines throughout.

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We’re Number 1!

27 September 2008

27 September 2008

We’re Number 1!

Before we started this event we had to do something called “Preparation”. This is a relatively new thing for us; as normally our bold leader Chris would have ensured that coffee was available at strategic points and we’d have spare indemnity forms. However on this occasion he was sunning himself on a beach in WA so it was up to us. To start we registered as early as possible and as the title clearly states - We’re number 1 and so we was (frequently I am complimented for my breath taken use of the English language).

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Almost Podium for PANDSI!

A Report by the Cyborg

A Report by the Cyborg

Almost Podium for PANDSI!

Most of the time the TriHards have an adventure just getting to the start of events we enter; and the first race in the Paddy Paliln series in Shellharbour was certainly no different. Apart from the usual logistics of an away race, such as finding accommodation and places to eat, we also had several team changes, and new uniforms.

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TriHard Triathlete!

Race Report By the Cyborg

Race Report By the Cyborg

TriHard Triathlete!

In July I participated in the Sri Chimnoy Black Mountain offroad duathlon. I did the long course. I learnt many lessons from that event; but two things in particular stood out for me:

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29 October 2008

TriHards Tiptoe Through the Thorns to Win Sydney AROC!*

On a beautiful Sydney Spring Day, the TriHards went down to the park for the first event in the AROC Paddy Pallin Adventure Race Series for 2008-9; emerging five hours later to declare themselves winners before returning victorious to Canberra. The race marked a series of firsts for the hard men of the Trihards: the first classic race they’d actually completed, the first race in their smart new team uniforms, and the first race for Cap’n Charles.

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Urban 09

20 December 2009

20 December 2009

Urban 09

The 2009 Urban was the final event for the TriHards in 2009, and like all good season finales, the event was marked by reminisces of events and races gone by, as the team wound at a leisurely pace over a course covering some very familiar ground in Canberra. Sure, they could have gone hard and set out to win the event, however, that would spoil their leisurely ride down memory lane! (What’s more, it would have made the goal of Rampaging Rick - to beat the TriHards - all that much harder for him; being the Cyborg’s current boss, they thought it may be best not to make it too hard for him, after all, he was already riding with a bike freak.)

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7 December 2008

Action Men of the TriHards Complete the Race with an Identity Crisis!

The Action men of the TriHards used their local knowledge and strategic thinking to record an excellent result in the race of many names over the weekend. In a star-studded field, the TriHards obtained 321 points, gaining 72nd place (out of 255) overall, and 31/78 in the men’s division, which is certainly an excellent result - particularly in their first outing in such a race.

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